Boise State-Colorado State will decide control of MW Mountain Division; BYU nears Top 25

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Fresno State is No. 16 in the Bowl Championship Series standings this week. If the season had ended Saturday, the Bulldogs would have received an automatic bid to a BCS bowl. They are one spot ahead of Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference in the race for the spot available to the non-BCS conferences. The top non-BCS-conference champion gets an automatic berth if it is ranked in the top 12 or in the top 16 and ahead of a BCS-conference champion. The American Athletic Conference, in its last year with an automatic bid, has Louisville at No. 19 and UCF at No. 23.

Here’s how the Mountain West schools stack up this week in the expanded standings produced by CBSSports.com:

16. Fresno State
55. Boise State
67. UNLV
72. San Jose State
80. Utah State
85. San Diego State
93. Colorado State
94. Nevada
95. Wyoming
112. New Mexico
115. Air Force
116. Hawaii

Other Boise State opponents:
27. BYU
40. Washington
121. Southern Miss
NR. UT Martin (FCS)

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The Fresno State football team dropped from No. 15 to No. 16 in The Associated Press Top 25 and stayed at No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll on Sunday.

BYU is tied for 28th in AP voting and tied for 29th in USA Today voting.

The full polls and my ballot are below.

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Fresno State survived a scare last night at San Diego State. The Bulldogs blocked a potential game-winning field goal on the last play of regulation and won 35-28 in overtime.

Here are updates on the Mountain West division races:

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

Boise State, 3-1
Utah State, 3-1
Colorado State, 2-1
Wyoming, 2-2
New Mexico, 0-3
Air Force, 0-5

Breakdown: Boise State and Colorado State control their own destiny. They play Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo. If the Broncos lose to anyone other than Colorado State — perhaps at San Diego State — they still likely would win the division if Utah State loses another game.

WEST DIVISION

Fresno State, 4-0
UNLV, 3-1
San Jose State, 3-1
San Diego State, 2-1
Nevada, 2-3
Hawaii, 0-5

Breakdown: Fresno State will win the West Division even with a loss, as long as San Jose State doesn’t win out. San Jose State can win the division by winning out in MW play — at UNLV, vs. San Diego State, at Nevada, vs. Fresno State (Nov. 29). Fresno State’s remaining games are vs. Nevada, at Wyoming, vs. New Mexico and at San Jose State.

Championship game: The Mountain West championship game will be played at the home of the division winner with the highest BCS ranking. That almost certainly will be Fresno State if the Bulldogs win the West. If someone else wins the West, Boise State could host. If neither Fresno State nor Boise State wins its division, it’s a tossup.

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 26, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (55) 8-0 1,495 1
2. Oregon (3) 8-0 1,432 2
3. Florida St. (2) 7-0 1,390 3
4. Ohio St. 8-0 1,317 4
5. Baylor 7-0 1,223 6
6. Stanford 7-1 1,189 8
7. Miami 7-0 1,149 7
8. Auburn 7-1 1,022 11
9. Clemson 7-1 1,007 9
10. Missouri 7-1 873 5
11. LSU 7-2 818 13
12. Texas A&M 6-2 811 14
13. Oklahoma 7-1 791 17
14. South Carolina 6-2 701 20
15. Texas Tech 7-1 579 10
16. Fresno St. 7-0 510 15
17. UCLA 5-2 489 12
18. Oklahoma St. 6-1 483 19
19. UCF 6-1 464 21
20. Louisville 7-1 417 18
21. N. Illinois 8-0 290 23
22. Wisconsin 5-2 262 22
23. Michigan 6-1 199 24
24. Michigan St. 7-1 166 NR
25. Arizona St. 5-2 133 NR
Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 132, Georgia 24, BYU 22, Texas 22, Mississippi 21, Virginia Tech 20, Oregon St. 17, Florida 14, Washington 6, Ball St. 4, Minnesota 4, Arizona 2, Duke 2.

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USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 26, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (56) 8-0 1,542 1
2. Oregon (6) 8-0 1,483 2
3. Florida State 7-0 1,419 3
4. Ohio State 8-0 1,375 4
5. Baylor 7-0 1,293 5
6. Miami (Fla.) 7-0 1,190 6
7. Stanford 7-1 1,182 8
8. Clemson 7-1 1,064 10
9. Oklahoma 7-1 933 12
10. Missouri 7-1 834 7
11. Auburn 7-1 804 17
12. Oklahoma State 6-1 803 t13
13. LSU 7-2 802 t13
14. Texas A&M 6-2 758 15
15. Texas Tech 7-1 673 9
16. South Carolina 6-2 627 20
17. Louisville 7-1 579 16
18. Fresno State 7-0 542 18
19. UCLA 5-2 432 11
20. Northern Illinois 8-0 373 22
21. Michigan 6-1 309 23
22. Central Florida 6-1 300 25
23. Wisconsin 5-2 253 24
24. Michigan State 7-1 237 NR
25. Notre Dame 6-2 83 NR
Others receiving votes: Arizona State 57; Virginia Tech 53; Texas 31; Oregon State 22; Brigham Young 21; Houston 21; Georgia 20; Duke 8; Minnesota 6; Mississippi 6; Nebraska 6; Ball State 4; Florida 4; Iowa 1.

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MY AP BALLOT

1 Alabama
2 Florida State
3 Oregon
4 Ohio State
5 Stanford
6 Miami
7 Baylor
8 Clemson
9 LSU
10 Auburn
11 Texas A&M
12 South Carolina
13 Missouri
14 Oklahoma
15 Texas Tech
16 UCLA
17 Wisconsin
18 Fresno State
19 Michigan
20 Notre Dame
21 Georgia
22 UCF
23 Michigan State
24 BYU
25 Ole Miss

Dropped out: Virginia Tech, Oregon State
Also considered: Arizona State, Northern Illinois, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Texas


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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